Mahindra targets another podium on debut race for Werhlein

Mahindra Racing is aiming for Pascal Werhlein to replicate what Jerome D’Ambrosio achieved in Saudi Arabia by finishing on the podium. 

Werhlein is making his debut in Marrakesh, after sitting out the opening round of the championship due to contract restrictions from Mercedes.

“I’m looking forward to starting my season, and I’m feeling well prepared.” Explained the German debutant. “I’ve spent time in the simulator and getting to know my engineers more following pre-season testing in Valencia.

“I want to be as good as possible, and Jérôme has shown that the car is capable of good results, so for me, I want to get the maximum performance out of the car as soon as possible.

“I like the track, and there are some good opportunities for overtaking; everything in the simulator went well, and I think it’s going to be another interesting and unpredictable race,” said Werhlein. 

After third-place finishes for  D’Ambrosio in Ad Diriyah, the Belgian had high hopes for the second round of the season, especially as Mahindra took victory in Marrakesh 12 months ago.

“We showed great pace in the opening race, and I think a second podium is achievable,” said D’Ambrosio.

“We aim to keep improving race-on-race, and I think we will be stronger in Marrakesh than we were in Riyadh. It’s a challenging street circuit and, while it hasn’t been the best track for me over the past two years, I’m going to make sure that I change that and I’m looking forward to having a good race this weekend. I’m confident that we can maintain the team’s past strong Morocco performance.”

Team Principal Dilbagh Gill further emphasised the previous success Mahindra has experienced in Morocco and was confident of adding another podium finish to the team’s current haul of sixteen this weekend.

We’re looking forward to returning to Morocco for the second round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship,” said Gill. “It’s a track where Mahindra Racing has consistently performed at with two consecutive podium finishes including wins in both the race and super pole.

“The team has been working hard over the festive break to understand why we had a failure in the season opener, and we’re happy the Marrakesh E-Prix will remain Mahindra Racing’s hunting ground.

“Naturally coming from a podium finish at the opening race we have high expectations for race day, and with Pascal making his race team debut, we have a very exciting race weekend ahead.”

 

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